CHRIS SUTTON: Craig Pawson made the RIGHT call to disallow Cristiano Ronaldo’s brutal attempt to score against Newcastle because Fabian Schar CLEARLY didn’t take the free kick
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal against Newcastle was the right decision by the referee
- Ronaldo collapsed after thinking Fabian Schar had taken the free kick
- The referee’s decision key when Sunday’s game ended goalless and Old Trafford
The date was September 25, 2010, and the setting was Anfield, when one of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history was scored.
Sunderland had won a free kick for their own penalty area. Defender Michael Turner tapped the ball back to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet so he could catch it.
Fernando Torres claimed that meant the free kick had been taken and it was ‘live’. Torres charged for goal and pushed the ball to Dirk Kuyt, who scored next to Mignolet.
Sutton recalls a similar goal by Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt against Sunderland that came to a halt in September 2010
Ronaldo leads protests as his goal was disallowed in Man Utd’s 0-0 draw against Newcastle
Referee Stuart Attwell allowed that goal, despite Sunderland’s anger. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal yesterday was disallowed.
He believed Fabian Schar’s tapping the ball back to Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope meant it was ‘live’. Referee Craig Pawson disagreed and so did I.
It was a brutal attempt by Ronaldo to score, as desperate as he is to add to his 700 club goals, but Schar clearly didn’t take the free kick.
United can complain, and they certainly did, but it was right to exclude the potential opener.
The Portuguese thought he had scored his 701st club goal, but it was disallowed by the official